I wanted to reach out today and explain some things that come to mind when I think about Arbor Day 2022. I cannot say enough about trees and their environmental impact, but one thing I have learned about trees after working in the forestry industry for almost two years now, is the following:
- I believe in private property rights, and I do not think any governing body has the right to tell a homeowner what to do with the trees on their property unless they are going to help pay for the maintenance. There are laws in place to protect the water and soil here in NC, so my comments all fall within the confines of the law.
- I believe in clearcutting as part of a robust forest management plan. The North Carolina Forest Service states, “Today, there are many federal and state laws to protect water, wildlife and other environmental resources. Clearcutting today is not like it was 100 years ago. It is an important tool for managing forests and stimulating new growth.” You can read more facts from the NC Forest Service here.
As for the town of Cary:
- I believe there is value in planting fast growing native trees, and support the town planting new trees to maintain a canopy whenever humanly possible on town-owned property
- I fully support efforts like the tree giveaway to encourage homeowners to plant native trees and keep Cary green
- The Town of Cary does not allow clearcutting and I stand by that decision and if elected will love to support this locally. Clear-cut only makes sense as part of a robust forest management plan.